Sega Retrospective

Sega Retrospective
The Genesis Effect

Russ Pitts | 25 Jan 2011 13:52
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"Well, put simply: Genesis is life from lifelessness." - Dr. Carol Marcus

For me, the Sega Genesis was a true-to-its-name new beginning for My Gaming Life. I eventually did get a job that summer of 1994, and then promptly saved my first few paychecks to buy a PC - for gaming. More gaming PCs followed, as did a number of new consoles: Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3 and then Wii. I flirted with a few handhelds as well, although none were more than mere dalliances. I even now have games on my cell phone, which didn't even exist when I started gaming!

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Yet in spite of the plethora of modern gaming options, gaming, for me, will always be about leaning back and sinking in to a deep, immersive experience. Letting myself slip into another world, and experiencing the joys of interactive escapism. Someday a phone may offer that kind of experience. Hell, some day you might play immersive interactive games with a pair of glasses or a monocle plugged directly into your brain, but for now, that magic comes out of a desktop machine or a set-top box.

Once upon a time, to experience the pinnacle of gaming required one take a trip to the arcade and a pocketful of quarters. Genesis changed all of that. It caught me when I least expected it, snuck up, reawakened my love of gaming and changed the entire course of my life. That's "the power of creation," to once again quote Captain Kirk. Or, to quote Huey Lewis, "the power of love." But let's just call it "The Genesis Effect."

Russ Pitts is Editor-in-Chief of The Escapist.

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